Is this a hoax? The Times Online UK posted a picture of a family in Turkey that walks naturally on all fours, and calls this a “unique insight into human evolution.” Sean O’Neill at New Scientist is not sure what to think. A professor Humphrey claims this is an example of “backward evolution,” or a throwback to a long-lost animal behavior. O’Neill thinks it’s probably not evolution, but an unfortunate genetic accident. “Also, for our ancestors to switch to bipedalism, many skeletal changes would have been needed,” he said. “In fact, the ability to run long-distances may have been a more significant point in our evolution, suggest some researchers.” (see 11/18/2004). Nevertheless, some are calling this a “missing link.”
Suckers. These are overgrown rug rats, not missing links. Or else they get dizzy standing up, and thus obey Paul’s Law: you can’t fall off the floor.